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Lenovo, Carolina Hurricanes to help with e-recycle drive

Posted February 5, 2014

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— The Kramden Institute will partner with Lenovo and the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday to collect old computers that will be refurbished and given to Triangle students.

Volunteers will be on hand at the Lenovo building on Paramount Parkway in Morrisville from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect old computers from Triangle residents. From 2 to 3 p.m., Hurricanes mascot Stormy, members of the Storm Squad and a player will be at the e-recycle drive.

Any age desktops or laptops will be accepted. Volunteers will also collect tablets, smartphones or cellphone, LCD monitors and other computer parts, including keyboards, mice, RAM, processors, motherboards, power cords, USB drives, hard drives and networking equipment. 

Before donating an old computer, experts recommend completely erasing its hard drive. Consumer Reports recommends downloading DBAN.

Newer computers also have systems built in to make it easier:

  • Go to the "settings" control panel
  • Click "Change PC Settings"
  • Go to recovery
  • Remove everything and reinstall windows
  • Click "fully clean my drive"

Founded in 2003, Durham-based Kramden Institute has donated more than 15,000 computers to kids in 69 North Carolina counties.

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  • common tater Feb 5, 2014

    Thanks WRAL! Walked right in, no big crowd, got photo with Peters, won a prize.